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Fanshawe film fest brings eco message

Darius Mirshahi | Interrobang | Culture | March 30th, 2009

After an amazing debut year in 2008, the ‘Empowerment Film Festival' is back, coinciding this year with Fanshawe's Environmental Awareness Week.

Similar to last year's event, which attracted several hundred Londoners throughout the week-long event, the festival will bring more than 10 films relating to environmental and social justice to Fanshawe. Over the course of a week students, staff, faculty and others in the community will have the chance to learn about several different inter-related issues including the commodification of water, the destructive nature of gold mines, the occupation of Palestine, humankind's absolute dependance on animals, Canada's role in the industries of war and much much more.

The Fanshawe Social Justice Club has invited several different London-based grassroots organizations to present these films and not only expose students, faculty, and the community at large to some of the most hard-hitting, inspiring, paradigm-shifting documentary films ever made, but also provide a way for students to connect to other people in London who are taking action for REAL CHANGE.

Knowledge is power, empower yourself.

When: March 30th - April 3rd
Where: D1041, Fanshawe College, (except FLOW which plays in Forwell Hall)
Cost: FREE!

Monday, March 30
6:20 PM: All That Glitters Isn't Gold presented by LACASA
This hour-long documentary tells the stories of community members residing near Goldcorp's San Martin open-pit gold mine in Honduras' Siria Valley. It was opened in 2000 and is the largest open-pit heap-leach mine in Honduras.

8 PM: FLOW in Forwell Hall
Described as water's An Inconvenient Truth, recently released documentary For the Love of Water (FLOW) takes important steps toward provoking public discussion around the crisis threatening one of humanity's most critical resources.

Tuesday, March 31
6:30 PM: Blue Gold: World Water Wars (120 min.) presented by Council of Canadians - London chapter
Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?

9 PM: Earthlings presented by L.O.V.E
EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.” The film features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby.

Wednesday, April 1
7 PM: Ward Churchill's Song (music video three min.), Victoria Park (documentary 15 min) and London, Ontario Boom Town (mockumentary, 4 min.) presented by Iconoclast Media
Filmmakers will be present for questions and discussion.

8:30 PM Breaking The Spell (60 min.) presented by the Re-Education Project
An hour-long look at the 1999 Seattle WTO protests and the anarchists who traveled there to set a new precedent for militant confrontation. Filmed in the thick of the action, including footage that aired nationally on “60 Minutes”, it captures a moment when world history was up for grabs.

Thursday, April 2

7 PM Occupation 101 presented by Sabeel
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

9 PM: Deserter (25 min.) & Conscience of a Nation (30 min.) presented by London War Resisters
Conscience of a Nation: Iraq Veterans Against the War met in Maryland in March 2008, over 200 veterans in attendance, dozens of cameras, simulcasts and radio hosts. Over 50 veterans testified to what they witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan and invited the world to watch.

Friday, April 3

7 PM Be The Change presented by Waste Free World
Be the Change explores the motivations for, and the challenges and rewards of, trying to live more lightly. It is a “100-kilometre” film made entirely in the Ottawa region. In this film, Living Lightly Project founder David Chernushenko sets out to find and talk to people who are choosing to live more sustainably.

9 PM Myths For Profit presented by Fanshawe Social Justice Club
MYTHS FOR PROFIT is a dramatic, exposť documentary which explores ‘Canada's role in Industries of War and Peace'. The Canadian government and the military would like us to believe that we are altruistic peacekeepers helping people around the world. But is this accurate?
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